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ACME wins approval for multistorey timber pavilion in Olympic Park


The London Legacy Development Corporation has approved plans by ACME for a new 930m² ‘gateway’ pavilion at the International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford, east London

Built from cross-laminated timber and glulam, the multistorey events pavilion will house the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park visitor centre, a café and two restaurants.

According to the joint venture development partners Lendlease and London and Continental Railways, the terraced structure will become ’an extension of the public realm […] its amphitheatre appearance encouraging visitors to pause and dwell in the area and watch the ongoing activities in Endeavour Square’.

The scheme within the emerging business quarter masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’, will feature an accessible roof terrace with views across the park and the recently revised East Bank scheme – the future home of Sadler’s Wells, the V&A and UAL, among others (see AJ 05.06.18).

The pavilion is also being billed as one of a clutch of ‘third space’ locations across IQL – which will eventually become home to around 25,000 workers – providing opportunities for people ‘to work outside the traditional confines of the office’.

Jonathan Emery, Lendlease’s managing director of property Europe, said: ‘The pavilion represents a significant investment in placemaking and amenity, which underpins our ambition to build a new neighbourhood here.’

Friedrich Ludewig, director at ACME, said: ‘We’ve been working with Lendlease for some time to develop innovative timber structures. Anchoring the public space of International Quarter London, the pavilion will provide a place for events, for celebrations and for people to pause and watch the world go by.’

The development team says the pavilion will be built out using modern methods of construction and that they are aiming for a BREEAM Excellent energy rating.

The pavilion at iql 2

The pavilion at iql 2



Readers' comments (3)

  • The insanely corporate surrounding buildings make this project look like the fig leaf that it is. It's a scaled back version of Heatherwick's stair-thing in Hudson Yards.

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  • OG - right, and comparable with Heatherwick's bridge/caterpillar at Paddington Basin, and butchered Coal Drops at King's Cross.
    What next, I wonder.

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  • I wonder if any consideration was given as to what a maintenance nightmare this structure will become?
    Timber decking and steps; complex and inaccessible exterior detailing that will look dreadful after a few seasons. CLT construction (Cut Lotsa Trees) Must keep those lumberjacks and truckers busy. A twenty year life expectancy? ---Less?

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